July 30, 2019
Greetings from SDASFAA! In addition to a question and answer for this month, we also wanted to provide some tips for signing up for an FSA ID.
The FAFSA is asking for my 2018 tax information but I can’t locate my tax return. Is there someplace else I can find that information?
Yes, there is! The IRS website: http://www.irs.gov/ provides several options for acquiring tax documentations. If you want an actual photocopy of your return, including all schedules, W-2’s, and other paperwork, you can submit Form 4506. This does have a $50 cost attached to it.
A second, free option is to request a tax return transcript, which can be done with Form 4506-T or on the IRS website. This will provide all the amounts that are needed to complete the FAFSA. It can be a difficult format to read, so if you have problems, contact your college or university’s Financial Aid office for assistance.
Finally, if you did not file taxes but need copy of your W-2 form, you can contact your employer or former employer and they should be able to provide you with a copy.
Tips for the FSA ID
The FSA ID is a username and password that students will need to create for Federal Student Aid websites such as the FAFSA and will also be used as their legal signature on certain Federal Student Aid documents. Any student that plans to file the FAFSA will need an FSA ID as well as one of their parents. The FSA ID website is fsaid.ed.gov.
Have a great start to your year and let us know if you have any questions or feedback. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘SDASFAA’ in the subject line to contact us.